Category: WEAAD Blog

  • Southern California Kaiser Permanente Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Prevention Program

    How do we tackle a problem that is not just local to our organization but one resultant from deep societal and health care system failures? As we looked at this problem on a grander scale, it became apparent that to address elder abuse effectively, our organization would need to answer an equally grander question—how do we take care of our vulnerable elderly?

  • The Reframing Initiative in the Context of Social Work

    In early 2017, shortly after I began collaborating with NCEA and the FrameWorks Institute on the Reframing Elder Abuse initiative, I was asked whether I had experience with framing. Since that time, I’ve realized how congruent the initiative is with the social work profession I represent on the Reframing Elder Abuse Committee and the NCEA Advisory Board. Effective communication is the goal of the reframing initiative: How can advocates communicate about elder abuse in a way that builds public support for effective solutions? Similarly, communication is at the heart of social work. On a micro level, social workers facilitate and enhance communication not only among individual clients, families, and groups,

  • Shining Light on the Needs of Family, Friends, and Neighbors Assisting Elder Abuse Victims

    44 million adult Americans have provided assistance to an elder abuse victim. These family, friends and neighbors—also known as “concerned persons”—are often the first to know about the elder abuse, hearing it through their walls, witnessing the decline in the victim’s health, or noticing distress. They provide emotional and practical support to the victims, for example, by offering encouragement and advice, discussing options, identifying resources, reporting abuse, and even gathering evidence. These people are frequently the only ones preventing the victims from becoming totally isolated.

  • Making a Difference: Elder Abuse Networks

    Sometimes called coalitions, councils, or task forces, elder abuse networks bring together change agents, like policy makers and agency leaders, for collective action. Focusing on a system, community, or state, they identify, assess, and attempt to remedy problems in elder abuse detection, prevention, and intervention.

  • Reflecting on WEAAD 2017

    Elizabeth Podnieks should be very proud. The creator of World Elder Abuse Awareness (WEAAD) along with her colleagues, had an idea many years ago to bring the world’s attention to the issue of elder abuse.

  • “Improving Resources and Enhancing Lives” Door County, Wisconsin

    We live in an area of the country that has some unique barriers in combatting abuse. The following is from our Aging and Disability Resource Center’s aging plan written by an advisory board member by the name of Tom Kreuck.

  • Engaging Social Workers to Prevent and Address Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

    As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) approaches, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is planning a variety of activities to engage social workers in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

  • Innovations in Maryland Creating Community Awareness

    As the Administrator of Assessment of Adult Protective Services and Care Management Services for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Aging & Disability Services, my department is a seamless, combination of Social Services, Area Agency on Aging, Behavioral Health and Public Health. We are committed to educate, investigate and eradicate elder/vulnerable adult abuse in all its forms.

  • How does Elder Law of Michigan Make a Difference?

    For over 25 years, Elder Law of Michigan has assisted seniors with legal, housing, pension, and benefits access issues. While we offer a variety of no-charge services for seniors across Michigan, many of our efforts have important components that focus on a reduction in and prevention of elder abuse cases.

  • A Visionary Message from the Founder of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    June 15th is the eleventh commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)! This blog is about the power of imagination … how it helped bring us to where we are today, and how it will frame our vision for tomorrow. Quite simply, if you can imagine something, you can really change the world. Imagination allows us to envision the impossible and lead others to help create it.



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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.